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More “Strong Style Pairing” Experiences

Following on to my previous post about strong style pairing for testing, I must say that this takes practice! And, I think maybe strong style pairing may not be the best way approach for all pairing situations, but I am learning more benefits of it. I had a golden opportunity to pair with my awesome […]

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Pair Testing

I’ve been meaning to write about pair testing for ages. It’s something I still don’t do enough of. Today I listened to an Agile Amped podcast about strong style pairing with Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco. I’ve learned about strong style pairing from Maaret and Llewellyn before, and even tried mob programming with them at various […]

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When the whole team owns testing: Building testing skills

The Twitterverse and other social media continue to host many discussions on topics such as “Do testers need to code?” As Pete Walen points out in his recent post, the “whole team” approach to delivering software, popularized with agile development, is often misunderstood as “everyone must write production code”. The “Whole Team Approach” in practice […]

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Agile Requirements Exploration: How Testers Add Value – ExpoQA 2016

Raji Bhamidipati and I co-facilitated a day-long workshop at ExpoQA Madrid in June. We shared techniques testers can use with their teams to build shared understanding at the product, release, feature, iteration and story levels. Participants worked in teams to try out the various techniques and contribute their own experiences with ways to enable shared […]

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Transferring testing skills

My team currently has more than 20 programmers, and two testers. One of those testers is also the testing and support manager, and I also help with support. In terms of the quintessential “tester-developer ratio”, that sounds a bit dire. But we take a whole-team approach. The programmers pair all the time, they are excellent […]

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Weekend Testing Fun

I love Weekend Testing and the chance it gives to collaborate with and learn from testing practitioners around the world. However, weekends are my only time to play with my donkeys and catch up with friends and family, so I rarely have time. In past years, I was able to participate in Weeknight Testing Europe, […]

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